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Super Bowl 2015: New England Patriots’ Malcolm Butler on Pivotal Interception

New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler (21) intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler (21) intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

 

(CBS Sports) – It’s a play that will live in Super Bowl history. With less than 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Seattle Seahawks were mere feet away from the glory of a Super Bowl repeat, but one huge play from cornerback Malcolm Butler sealed the New England Patriots’ fourth championship title. The rookie free agent from West Alabama made a goal-line interception that prevented Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette from catching a go-ahead TD pass from quarterback Russell Wilson.

“I’ve seen the route at practice. And Josh Boyce beat me on it in practice and Bill was telling me, ‘You’ve got to be on it,'” Wilson said Monday on “CBS This Morning.” “So memorization and preparation took over and I just said ‘Jump the route and make the play.”

Many consider the the Seahawks’ decision to put the ball in the air in that position to be strange.. Even Butler admitted he wasn’t expecting it.

“I was expecting them to run. I just drove on the ball and made play because I know we needed it,” Butler said.

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